With the ever rising cost of energy, everyone’s mind is on maximizing fuel usage while minimizing bill size. If this problem is on your mind, check out Bob Vila’s article for a handy chart illustrating problem areas, ideas for retrofits and informative links.

Of course, weather stripping is still a favorite and effective method, but there are teams available for insulation, heating, sealing and cooling system evaluation with your unique needs in mind. Plus, some local governments offer help with the expense of upgrading your energy system.

When you improve heating and cooling systems, while taking the time to lower your electricity usage, you cut down on short term energy expenses, while increasing your home’s value at the same time.